Mrs Dalloway Novel Analysis

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CHAPTER 3: STUDYING THE PSCYHE OF THE MAJOR WOMEN IN – MRS. DALLOWAY In Mrs. Dalloway, Clarissa attempts to discover a means of successful and meaningful communication with others, but her fear or loneliness dominates her and turns her away from her need for connection. Woolf’s novels are dedicated to the fragmented and isolated souls of women, which are shaped by the conventional means of society and deconstructing these and creating an androgynous world of balance between emotion and intellect. Characters such as Clarissa Dalloway present themselves as beacons of hope to women readers. The novel, Mrs. Dalloway is restricted to one day in the month of June and the several activities conducted within those twenty-four hours. Clarissa Dalloway,…show more content…
She longed for intimacy, but knew it would lead to him snatching away her essence of happiness; her freedom. According to Peter, Clarissa was cold and un-sympathetic unlike how women were supposed to be and her need for happiness and emotional anchorage was not understood by him. For Peter, he was a visionary, delving deep into worldly affairs and politics. His unconventional attitude was an essential asset for him to look through hypocrisy and insecurities that post-war had brought upon to London. Clarissa possessed no such worldly knowledge or edge, her only skill was to host parties and bring people together. The parties that Clarissa hosts is an intimate gesture and extension of herself seeking warmth and acceptance that are denied from Richard, Peter and Society. She finds herself constantly oscillating between Love and Desire and Freedom of Self. Her excessive need of warmth and connection is seen by Peter as overdoing and excessive; he looks through her soul and comments upon her hypocritical thoughts and desires of how if given to chance to marry a Prime-Minister, she would do so happily. Clarissa’s reaction to such comments by Peter mostly leaves her weeping and shaken, which is never the case with Richard Dalloway, her husband. However, In comparison to Peter, Richard Dalloway is also a man who has left his wife to seclusion due to his dedication towards his work. Clarissa’s agreement to marrying Richard was mostly done on the…show more content…
Septimus had gone to serve in war with thoughts of ideal freedom which the Germans now threaten. His return however left him scarred and alone and he only married Reiza for her companionship because he couldn’t sleep at night or bear to be alone. Reiza in turn attempted to heal the marriage by bearing a child, but Septimus refuses and leaves her in her own darkness and lets her spiral out of control, not letting her fulfil or seek the pleasures of motherhood due to his reasons of not joining into the male patriarchy himself. Reiza is still loyal and confronts Septimus multiple times in attempts of his reciprocation towards her, but it is all to
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